Dear Data resources


related projects


apps and software to help you collect (and visualize) personal data

personal infographic examples

general information visualization examples

from the fabulous New York Times Interactive department

personal & general infovis collections

more info on infographics


Public Service Announcement resources


Photoshop/photo editing tutorials

Photoshop alternatives

  • Adobe Creative Cloud–students/teachers plan for $20 a month (with a one-year subscription)
  • GIMP for PC and GIMP for Mac OSX  free, open-source, desktop photo editing program; download GIMP and put it in your Applications folder. You might have to go into your Security settings to open GIMP.
  • Affinity: costs $49.99; available for both Windows and Mac.
  • Pixlr: free online photo editing program; open Pixlr Editor.

brushes (and shapes and patterns, and other design goodies)

free fonts


Text Visualization resources

text editors

  • Brackets
  • BBEdit: click on the Download button underneath the green Buy BBEdit Now button; BBEdit is free, although after 30 days some advanced features are turned off

convert files to .txt

how to take a screenshot

on a Mac

  • hold down Command – Shift – 3 (for the entire screen)
  • hold down Command – Shift – 4 (to draw a selection on the screen)

on Windows/PC

  • press the Print Screen button on your keyboard; a screenshot of the entire screen will be put on the clipboard; open Photoshop or another photo editing program; paste (Control – V, or Edit > Paste) the clipboard contents onto the canvas

sentence length

parts of speech


  • Word tree, created by Jason Davies, allows you to enter text and create word trees with different root words.
  • Google Charts also provides code you can use to make a word tree  in Javascript.


  • Tone Analyzer: text that you upload is tagged and colorized for seven “tones”. Developed by IBM, the code is available on Github and there’s a very detailed tutorial for installing and configuring Tone Analyzer.
  • Daniel Soper’s super simple Free Sentiment Analyzer gives a -100 to 100 negative/positive rating to text that you upload.
  • The Natural Language Processing group at Stanford developed a Sentiment Analysis app

semantic network

  • Visual Thesaurus provides a network diagram for words with related meanings.
  • Docuburst draws on the WordNet lexical database to visualize the content of a document around root words. There’s a live demo where you can upload text and select root words for the visualization.

collections of text visualization tools

  • is a very easy set of tools and resources to analyze and visualize data of various types.
    • WordCounter creates word clouds with lists of top words, bigram, trigram.
    • SameDiff allows you to compare two documents for shared and unique words.
  • Google Cloud Natural Language: upload text and analyze it for entity extraction, sentiment analysis, syntax (sentence diagramming, parts of speech), and content category.
  • AntConc : a corpus analysis toolkit that you can download to your desktop (thanks, Eric)

last but not least, and actually probably most…

Voyant, developed by DH scholars Stefan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell, lets you upload individual documents or collections of documents, and analyze/visualize them in a variety of ways. The tools here are especially good for comparisons across documents. There’s also an extremely helpful guide to using Voyant.

text collections

awesome text visualizations

Other text visualization tools that we won’t really use in this class:

the look of text

  • : create an image made of text (or other elements). Be sure to upload a large image.
  • Tagxedo: create image-based word clouds out of text that you upload. Tagxedo uses Silverlight, doesn’t work on Chrome, and may not work on other browsers either. But it’s worth trying.




Other resources that we might use in this class

data sets

stock & copyright-friendly images

on design

on color

  • color: “Color Theory 101″ by James George
  • Paletton: great tool to see color combinations for website design; check out the “color blind” option to see how different color combos look to people with various kinds of color blindness
  • Adobe Color CC: by Adobe, you can explore and create color themes/palettes and easily import them into Illustrator
  • 4 Tools to Pick Your Chart Colors

on writing

typography resources